updated 02:55 pm EST, Mon January 31, 2011
Intel Medfield phone seen at sales event
Intel may have given shown the first known instance of a true smartphone using its Medfield-based Atom chips in a new sighting late Sunday. A shot has shown the Ultra Mobility Group's general manager Anand Chandrasekher holding up an unnamed phone at a sales event. From a distance, the hardware seen by a Meego.org forum goer looked to be running on Android but was clearly unrelated to the Aava phone prototype shown last year.
The hardware might be a test vehicle rather than a prototype for a real device.
Medfield is a 32 nanometer adaptation of the Atom and should be the first version of it that would be energy-efficient and small enough to fit into a normal smartphone. Intel had tried to push its current Atom Z600 as suitable for phones and would have launched it in the LG GW990, but it scrapped the project after the large 4.8-inch screen and other hurdles made it impractical.